|New England Aster|
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae), commonly known as the New England Aster, is an herbaceous perennial in the composite family. It is native to almost every area in North America east of the Rocky Mountains, but excluding the far north of Canada as well as some of the southern United States. The plant grows up to 120 cm with a stout, hairy stem and lance-shaped leaves with entire margins. The flower heads are showy with yellow disc florets at the center and ray florets that range from a deep purple or rose to rarely white. The New England aster inhabits a wide variety of habitats and soil types, though it does not tolerate strong shade. Due to the attractive flowers, numerous cultivars of have been developed. Furthermore, as a result of its increased usage in the garden, it has been introduced to many area beyond its natural range, including Europe and several western US states.
Classification System: APG II (down to family level)
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Euasterids II
Species: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae